As a follow up to this post, I offer you a personal anecdote:
About seven years ago my boyfriend at the time (now husband) and I were driving up north to see my family. We took US 19 through West Virginia, which is infamous for its speed traps. My husband was driving my car when we saw the blue lights flash. He was issued a speeding ticket for something like 15 over. When we returned to North Carolina, he paid the ticket without contesting it, and waited for his insurance to increase.
However, it never did. It seemed his insurance company never caught wind of the ticket. I blame this on pure dumb luck. It might have been a processing error somewhere in the system.
Knowing what I know now, I never would have let him straight out pay the ticket — that’s a guilty plea. He could have hired an attorney in West Virginia to ask for a reduction, which would have saved him license points and insurance points if the ticket had been reported.
As mentioned last month on this blog, insurance points and drivers’ license points often are reported between states, and can raise your insurance. Therefore, it is your best interest to hire an attorney to attempt to reduce the ticket or have it dismissed.
What should you take from my personal story?
- Hire a traffic attorney. It’s worth it.
- Don’t drive on US 19 in West Virginia (or at least don’t speed!).